Sweet Scent Giveaway: Xela Aroma White Linen Candle

Back in 2000, Maryann Mihalopoulos, a seasoned attorney turned part-time entrepreneur, converted her passion for ambrosial fragrances into a sweet side business she called Xela Aroma. The brand peddles a dreamy lineup of candles and diffusers, each made and manufactured with essential oils, right here in Dallas. This week, one lucky winner will be able to take home the Classic White Linen Candle. The serene blend of chamomile, patchouli, cyclamen, jasmine, violet and musk promises to soothe your senses; and if the aroma on its own doesn’t suffice, the candle’s lovely packaging and 14-ounce, gold-trimmed jar might do the trick.

Enter here to win.

Katherine Burks is a ShopTalk intern.

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Giveaway: Goldfaden MD Exfoliator and Skin Brightener

As a self-proclaimed beauty fanatic, I am always on the hunt for exfoliators, moisturizers, and skin brighteners that can supercharge my skincare regimen without leaving behind unwanted irritation. Stanley Korshak’s new Goldfaden MD lineup has my attention. The brand says it steers clear of harsh chemical add-ins to make room for organic, all-natural ingredients and peddles a […]

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Sunkissed Scent Giveaway: Lavanilla Vanilla Summer

I’m already a fan of Lavanilla, a brand that aims to make the fragrance experience a healthier one. Perfumes, if you are unaware, are full of chemicals. Lavanilla, on the other hand, focuses on essential oils and leaves out the mineral oils, synthetic dyes and fragrances, chemical sunscreens, aluminum, and sulfates. Typically, with perfumes on the natural end of the spectrum, I find they don’t last long without the powers of synthetic ingredients, but Lavanilla leaves a lingering sweetness that lasts all day. Everything the brand makes is vanilla-based (Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blackberry, etc). I wear the Pure Vanilla perfume almost daily and slather on the Vanilla Lavender body butter nightly. The limited-edition Vanilla Summer variation has me drooling. The list of the notes alone should sell you: tropical mango, juicy pineapple, creamy coconut milk, island sugar cane, and Madagascar vanilla. That’s a serious vacation elixir. I’ve got one to give away. Enter here to win.

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Summer Skin Giveaway: Elemental Herbology Macadamia & Papaya Radiance Body Scrub

My introduction to British skincare company Elemental Herbology almost exactly two years ago. The line was new to Nest, and a handful of us were invited in to the store to hear about the brand and play with the products. We oohed and aahed, and sniffed and played, and squeezed everything onto the backs of our hands. The whole line was delicious. I’ve particularly enjoyed the face collection over the the last couple of years, but I’m excited about what’s on deck for the body. Created for summer is Elemental Herbology’s new Macadamia & Papaya Radiance Body Scrub. In the ingredient lineup are papaya, sea salt, sugar, macadamia and buriti oils, and a couple of patented things: Fresh Cells Strawberry (for toning and purifying) and Kombuchka (a “fermentation of sweet black tea with the symbiosis of two micro-organisms”). We’ve got one jar to give away. Enter here to win.

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Get Fit Giveaway: A Pack of Flywheel Classes and Spin Goodies

Okay. We’ll admit it. It’s time. Time to stop ordering Thai food on the couch in front of Netflix and bench all the wine and put in water. It’s also time to get back to the gym. Get those legs moving by entering the giveaway on our new health and fitness sister page, Be Well Dallas. You’ll enter for a chance to score a floral tote bag, a “Fly Dallas” tank, and a 10-pack of classes to use in Highland Park and Plano. Head on over and scope it out.

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Smell Good Giveaway: Sage Turquoise Candle

In another lifetime, I’d own an apothecary full of delicious perfumes, oils, candles, and other tinctures. I’d include the line Sage, a collection of perfumes, rollerball oils, and candles inspired by birthstones. Every product is prettily packaged with a whimsical collection of notes. Take the Turquoise scent, for example. It’s made up of blue chamomile, grapefruit, cassis, floral-infused musk, sandalwood. “Fit for a mermaid,” according to Sage. Equally exciting is the candle’s outwear, a bright blue glossy glass jar encased in a paper container with ornate designs accented by gold sparkles. (Which you can keep to store other trinkets.)

I’ve got one Turquoise candle to give away. Enter here to win.

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Lustrous Locks Giveaway: Oribe Light Reflecting Spray

Maybe your hair is dull these days. Your chocolate-y winter hue has faded. Or maybe you’ve just revamped your color for spring. Perhaps you’ve even gone blonde. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, Oribe Light Reflecting Spray should be in your product lineup. Obviously, it add luster. It also tames frizzies and flyaways, moisturizes, and adds UV protection. Best of all, it smells delicious.

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Good Hair On the Go Giveaway: Drybar Travel Kit

There are a lot of false rumors about Dallas. We don’t ride horses to work. We don’t all own cowboy boots. We don’t each have a boob job. Sorry. Many of us enjoy a pair of worn leather booties as much as we do a pair of dazzling, mile-high pumps. But there’s something to the hair talk.

Truth is, Dallas girls like their volume. ShopTalk’s purse spills confirm it. Texturing spray in Merritt Beck’s bag, hairspray in Kendie Skeen’s bag, and a teasing comb in Rory Ashton’s bag. Perfect to add to the travel bag: Drybar’s Small Box Big Hair kit.

It’s got a mini, original formula shampoo and conditioner, the Southern Belle volumizing mousse, and a can of Money Maker hairspray. All for your own DIY blowout on the go. Everything’s TSA size-approved.

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If you’re not interested in doing it yourself, head into one of the three Dallas salon locations. They also do lovely braids.
Truth is, Dallas girls like their volume. ShopTalk’s purse spills confirm it: texturing spray in Merritt Beck’s bag, hairspray in Kendie Skeen’s bag, and a teasing comb in Rory Ashton’s bag. Perfect to add to the travel bag: Drybar’s Small Box Big Hair kit.

It’s got a mini, original formula shampoo and conditioner, the Southern Belle volumizing mousse, and a can of Money Maker hairspray. All for your own DIY blowout on the go. Everything’s TSA size-approved.

Enter here to win.

If you’re not interesting in doing it yourself, head into one of the three Dallas salon locations. They also do lovely braids.

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Get Glowing Giveaway: Mandarin Lip Crayon, Golden Gloss, Luminous Body Bronzer

Let’s ignore the fact that we’ll still be seeing temperatures in the 40s this week. It’s nearing the end of March and weather or not, let’s agree to move on from winter. Up next on our fair faces: everything from Estée and Aerin Lauder glow-y collections. In particular, I love Estée’s Pure Color Lip Shine crayon in Mandarin, Aerin Lauder’s Lip Goss in a shimmering Golden Kiss, and Estée’s Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer with a sheer, pearly finish. (Perfect for giving pale legs a boost.) I’ve got one of each to give away to one winner.

Enter here to win. We’ll draw next Monday.

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Spring Beauty Giveaway: Becca Matte Lip Color in Eloise

Last week, the founder of Blushington beauty bar handed over a list of her five absolute favorite lip color shades for spring. Stila long-wear glosses in red and pink, a bright pink Kevin Aucoin stick, and a vibrant red from Julie Hewett made the cut. But my pick from her list? Becca’s  lipstick in Eloise, a “ballerina pink.” It’s a matte color with hydrating, wax-free formula in a thin, silver tube. I think it’s a flawless, barely-there pink for everyday wear. We’ve got three to give away.

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Mini Chanel Coco Noir Up for Grabs

CocoNoirNo matter that spring is approaching. A spritz of Chanel anything is never out of season. Coco Noir, with grapefruit, bergamot, rose, jasmine, patchouli, and sandalwood is warm, spicy, and comes in a sleek black case. We’ve got a travel-friendly 1.2-ounce spray bottle ready to be shipped off to a winner this week. It takes just two minutes to enter contest.

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Serious Skin TLC Giveaway: ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum

Your skin is dry and cranky. Like Violet Crawley. We commiserate. Ours needs a boost, too. But we can’t enter this giveaway for ESPA’s Optimal Skin ProSerum “super serum.” Apparently, already a hit in the spas in Europe, this elixir is just hitting the States. We can’t tell you the exact magic behind this particular potion, but we can tell you we’ve fallen head over heels with everything else from ESPA at the Joule. It contains “nourishing omega 3, 6 and 9, vitamins A and E and the proactive natural extracts turmeric, white lupin and sunflower” and is said to absorb into the skin quickly, brighten and even skin tone, shape up elasticity, and do some firming. Sounds like the recipe for a spring-fresh face. But you can tell us.

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